the french revolution

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  • Long Term Causes of French Revolution 
  • Estates General
  • Tennis Court Oath 
  • The First Estate was made up of the clergy; the Second Estate was made up of the nobility and the Third Estate comprised the majority of the population. Jacques Necker urged the king to reduce court spending and abolish tariffs on internal trade. 
  • Storming of the Bastille 
  • Estates-General is the legislative body consisting of representatives of three estates. Louis XVI had the three estates prepare cahiers for reforms including fairer taxes, freedom of the press, or regular meetings. 
  • Revolution Begins
  • Delegates of the Third Estate declared themselves to be the National Assembly. Later they found their meeting hall to be locked and then moved to a tennis court nearby. They swore to "never separate and to meet wherever the circumstances might require until we have established a sound and just constitution." 
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  • On July 14, 1789, the city of Paris seized the spotlight from the National Assembly meeting in Versailles. More than 800 Parisians assembled outside the Bastille. 
  • The commander of the Bastille refused to open the gates and opened fire on the crowd. This battle caused many to be killed including the commander and released a handful of prisoners.
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